Sponsors and Collaborators
The GASOC Conference Committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity:
The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England) is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical care worldwide. RCS England supports over 25,000 members in the UK and internationally by improving their skills and knowledge, facilitating research, and developing policy and guidance. The college is a global leader in the field of surgical education, training, assessment, research and standards.
With approximately 20% of its members residing outside the UK in almost 100 countries, RCS England engages actively in international affairs:
• An established network of Global Surgical Advisors across the world represent the college and act as a strategic voice for international members.
• The college offers training and career development opportunities in the UK for international medical graduates.
• RCS England’s Global Surgery Small Grants Scheme supports capacity-building projects in low and middle income countries designed to improve or widen access to safe and affordable surgery.
The INSPIRE programme is designed to engage undergraduates with research. INSPIRE supports medical, dental and veterinary schools throughout the country to run activities aimed at showing students the benefits and potential of a career in research. It also aims to promote high quality, collaborative partnerships between members of faculty and students, and between schools and other local/regional/national organisations.
The INSPIRE programme at Leeds ( links with the main strands of the Leeds Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme, as well as the strategic research themes of the schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
The INSPIRE scheme is coordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences ( and supported by the Wellcome Trust (
Inovus Medical () is a UK based, multi award winning, designer and manufacturer of medical simulation products. Their core range of simulators includes the world’s most affordable ‘take-home’ laparoscopic simulators and a range of institutional based laparoscopic simulators with unrivalled functionality. The company offers a growing range of simulators for teaching skills in critical care, medicine hysteroscopic and general surgery.
Inovus is driven by a clear vision to improve access to high quality, affordable and versatile healthcare training equipment across the globe, and thereby improve patient care. Having the ability to positively impact on the quality of life of patients is the driving force behind Inovus' constant innovation of healthcare simulation.
The Centre for Immersive Technologies at the University of Leeds works with partners from the public and private sectors to drive innovation. The Centre works across a range of disciplines to help companies and organisations use virtual reality and augmented reality for maximum benefit and competitive edge. Their evidence-based approach helps organisations to see the advantages and potential pitfalls of immersive technologies, enabling them to make informed choices.
They are currently working to advance surgical practice globally by:
• Training surgeons in Sierra Leone in using immersive technologies.
• Recreating the sense of touch in robotics and developing autonomous medical robots.
Grow MedTech is a major UK programme providing specialist support for innovation in medical technologies, involving a consortium of six universities across the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions. The programme is a collaboration between the Universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York, led by the University of Leeds. It is funded through the Research England Connecting Capability Fund.
By combining the different strengths of their partner universities in medical and related digital technologies, innovation and commercialisation, they provide capacity and capability in medtech that far exceeds that offered by a single institution.
Launched in 2011 by four of the world’s leading medical organisations, Lifebox is the only NGO devoted to safer surgery and anaesthesia in low-resource countries.
Lifebox builds networks across professional, academic and commercial organisations in more than 100 countries worldwide. They prioritise the most invisible, essential component of any complex system: safety. Over the last eight years, Lifebox has provided more than 20,000 pulse oximeters to partners in 100 countries, making surgery safer for an estimated 20 million patients.
The MDU is the world’s first medical defence organisation. Since 1885, the MDU has been indemnifying doctors for incidents arising from their clinical care of patients. They are led and staffed by doctors who have real-life experience of the pressures and challenges faced by doctors every day.
The MDU also publish an extensive range of free guidance, advice and learning materials for students . They are currently running a well-being series on their Instagram and Facebook, linking to free resources - take a look!
Brandon Medical is an award winning, UK-based medical technology company with 65 years of healthcare experience. Their range of medical healthcare products includes hospital lights, operating theatre lights, surgical lights, medical AV systems and telemedicine solutions, uninterruptible power supplies and isolated power supplies.
They are one of the leading manufacturers of high tech medical lighting, and their equipment can be found in surgeries, clinics and hospitals throughout the world supported by an extensive distributor network.
They specialise in operating theatre lamps have near perfect colour rendition, balanced arm systems for ease of movement and use HD-LED technology which emits a brilliant cold light to reduce heat generation. They also have a range of mobile operating theatre lights. Specialist surgical and examination lighting systems are available, with unique features designed to suit any environment
GASOC is proud to be collaborating with the following organisations for our annual conference this year:
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Group-Surgical Technologies (GHRG-ST) based in Leeds UK was established in July 2017 aims to address unmet surgical needs in low and middle income countries (LMICs). The group will utilise Leeds expertise from surgery, global health sciences, clinical trials, surgical engineering and health economics to collaborate with in-country partners, industry and governmental representatives.
GHRG-ST has developed projects to address unmet surgical needs in North East India and Sierra Leone. The objectives are to improve surgical care to populations who live in remote areas where surgical provision is limited. Our projects involve a mix of surveys to identify areas of surgical need, engineering solutions to improve surgical care, evaluation of treatments to include health economic evaluation and engagement and advocacy activities to promote wider adoption and sustainability.
The International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN) is an international non-profit organization, consisting of medical students, residents and young doctors from all over the world who have come together to discuss about, educate on, advocate for, and perform research in Global Surgery.
Since the formal establishment of the organization in 2016, InciSioN has grown to unite over 5000 members in over 75 countries and 31 formally established National Working Groups across all world regions. Through a system of virtual internships, members of the network have contributed to the World Development Indicators surgical data collection 2016 for the World Bank. InciSioN has created the standardized capacity-building curriculum Training Global Surgery Advocates, and established the annual Global Surgery Day on May, 25th as a global awareness day on surgical care around the world.
The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) is an independent professional body and registered charity (No. 274841) which works to promote the highest standards in surgical training.
The Association was originally established in 1976 as a forum for senior registrars to meet socially and discuss training matters. ASiT now counts numerous professional leaders and Royal College Presidents amongst its' alumni.
The Association is the second largest surgical specialty association in the UK with over 2,700 members.
ASiT’s members come from all ten surgical specialties. ASiT is the only body in the UK to represent trainees at both Core and Higher Surgical Training levels, with orthopaedic registrars also represented by BOTA.
ASiT functions through the input of its elected specialty and regional representatives, and serves the needs of trainees beyond its formal membership through training courses, and trainee grants, prizes and fellowships.